Zimbabwe Government panics, restrict internet!

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Initial reports suggest that many people heeded a call by activists to shut down some towns and cities in Zimbabwe to vent their frustration against President Robert Mugabe‚ the crumbling economy and delayed payment of civil servant salaries on Wednesday.

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe

While many shops and businesses in the capital Harare closed their doors‚ residents complained that social media services such as WhatsApp appeared to have been blocked‚ possibly by the government.

Zimbabwean authorities warned citizens earlier in the week to go about their business as usual.

NewsDay journalists found a heavy police presence in Harare’s suburbs such as Glen Norah‚ Mufakose‚ Machipisa and Mabvuku. Shops were closed and public transport scarce.

Movement for Democratic Change senator and former Minister of Education‚ Sport‚ Arts and Culture‚ David Coltart‚ tweeted earlier in the day: “Report just in from #Harare – 95% of businesses in certain areas shut. Also appears as if regime has tried to shut down whatsapp.”

Report just in from #Harare – 95% of businesses in certain areas shut. Also appears as if regime has tried to shut down whatsapp .

Former Minister of Information, and current Minister of Higher Education, Professor Jonathan Moyo came as close to an admission as can be expected on his twitter account:

There are reports of Police attacking Citizens through out the Southern African Nation:

More Updates as the story deveops

 

 

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